Most 3D-printed objects could theoretically be recycled, but you probably cannot recycle them curbside.
The two most commonly used materials for at-home 3D printing are Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS). PLA is a biodegradable thermoplastic made from renewable resources like cornstarch or sugar cane.
While PLA is recyclable, it cannot be recycled with other types of plastics because it has a lower melting temperature that causes problems at recycling centers. This means PLA should not be recycled with your other curbside recycling. PLA can be composted within 1-3 months at industrial composting facilities, but is not easily composted from home.
ABS is also a recyclable thermoplastic, however, unlike PLA, it is petroleum based. Polyamide (PA), known more commonly as Nylon, is another (theoretically) recyclable material regularly used for 3D printing, but don’t put it in your curbside recycling.
3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that builds a three-dimensional object from a digital file. An object is formed by adding material in layers based on the digital design in a computer controlled process. In other words, 3D printing refers to any computer controlled process that builds an object by adding material in layers following instructions from a digital file.
There are several factors that determine the time it takes to 3D print a part. These include the size, height, complexity and the printing technology used. This can vary from as little as 30 minutes to several days. The bigger the part and the greater the complexity, the longer it takes to print. However, a simpler and smaller item can be printed much faster.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is the industrial production name for 3D printing, a computer controlled process that creates three dimensional objects by depositing materials, usually in layers.
An STL file is a simple, portable format used by computer aided design (CAD) systems to define the solid geometry for 3D printable parts. An STL file provides the input information for 3D printing by modelling the surfaces of the object as triangles that share edges and vertices with other neighbouring triangles for the build platform. The resolution of the STL file impacts the quality of the 3D printed parts - if the file resolution is too high the triangle may overlap, if it is too low the model will have gaps, making it unprintable. Many 3D printers require an STL file to print from, however these files can be created in most CAD programs.
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